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Posted Nov 13, 2012 14:37 UTC (Tue) by KSteffensen (subscriber, #68295)
Next big hurdle will be the debate the first time one of these is involved in an accident.
Posted Nov 13, 2012 14:45 UTC (Tue) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
They already ran about 300,000 miles, with only two accidents: one, the autonomous driving system was offline (i.e., the car was being driven by the human driver) and two, the car was rear-ended. Apparently, they are safer than me (I usually go some 40,000 miles between minor crashes and scrapes, and I have some 400,000 miles total in twenty years of driving, with ten incidents).
Posted Nov 13, 2012 15:02 UTC (Tue) by KSteffensen (subscriber, #68295)
I'm quite willing to believe that on the average these things are far more safe than human drivers since they so rarely have to text their girlfriends or fiddle with the radio or whatever. I do think they will have to prove their safety far more rigorously than the average human driver, though.
Posted Nov 13, 2012 15:20 UTC (Tue) by rvfh (subscriber, #31018)
(disclaimer: I was born and have lived most of my life in Europe.)
Posted Nov 13, 2012 15:23 UTC (Tue) by niner (subscriber, #26151)
Posted Nov 13, 2012 15:26 UTC (Tue) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
Heck, it'd probably have trouble in Boston, MA (which admittedly has one of the most European street layouts of any major city in the USA).
Posted Nov 14, 2012 11:58 UTC (Wed) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
I do think they will have to prove their safety far more rigorously than the average human driver, though.
I think a Turing-like test should suffice: If during a driving test, a driving license examiner cannot tell whether a computer or a person is driving the car, and it looks as if the entity in question ought to pass, then – if it was actually the computer driving – the setup is OK.
Posted Nov 21, 2012 19:02 UTC (Wed) by ceswiedler (subscriber, #24638)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 11:17 UTC (Thu) by Otus (guest, #67685)
That's not the purpose of most driving tests. Usually the purpose is to see if someone is good enough that they'll learn the rest on their own without being too much of a danger to others.
Realistically most people who pass a driving test are going to be bad drivers for a long while. (Unless they are testing for a license in another state/country and have already driven a lot.)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 11:24 UTC (Thu) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
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